The Art of Reading with Holly from “Life as a Thrifter”

The Art of Reading

“Thrift is not an affair of the pocket, but an affair of character.” –S.W. Straus

I look around my house and 90% of what I see came from a thrift store or a consignment shop.  I glace at my closet, and I revel in the number of items that I got for a fraction of the cost at my favorite second-hand store!  In fact, I no longer gain much pleasure from buying an item that is new, because I haven’t experienced the reward of searching and discovering.  Those of you who are fellow thrifters understand the thrill of the hunt!

Recently, the news headlines were filled with the story of a large national lottery prize. I was chatting with some friends about what we would do if we would win a huge cash award (I do know that I actually have to buy a ticket in order to win!)  I was adamant about one fact –  if I suddenly became a millionaire, I would not give up my guilty pleasure of shopping at thrift stores!  While I am always interested in saving money, I just love the vintage, kitchy goodness that can only be found at the “second-time-around!”  That’s why I absolutely devour the blog “Life As a Thrifter.”  Holly Marsh has the most unbelievable eye when it comes to spotting the best thrift-store items and turning them into pieces of art!  Her home is the kind of creative, happy, colorful place we all wish we could have, and she does it all on a dime!  So, as a big fan of her blog, I noticed that many of her gorgeous photos include BOOKS!  Like many of us, she loves to cozy up with her handmade pillows, wrapped in a crocheted blanket (found for a song), surrounded by colorful and creative decorations, and retreat into a good book.  No doubt, she is re-charging her batteries for a whirlwind trip to the flea market!  I hope you will check out her blog and be inspired by all of her unique and creative ideas!

Blog:  Life as a Thrifter

What creativity do you share with the world?  I’m a thrifter! I love the thrill of the hunt…searching out fun finds and then transforming them into something new!

  • Book OR e-reader? Book
  • Buy OR lend from the library? Either
  • Hardcover OR paperback? Paperback…it feels good.
  • One book at a time OR several? One
  • Skip ahead and read the last page OR be patient and wait? Be patient!
  • Bookmark or fold over the page corner? Bookmark
  • Abandon a bad book OR stick with it no matter what? Abandon
  • Laugh OR cry? Laugh

Cover Love:  I love the cover of Flea Market Style by Emily Chalmers

What is the next book on your stack of books to read?  I’m probably the last person on earth to read it, but I’m super excited to start reading The Hunger Games.

How do you acquire the books you read?  Although I borrow many of the books I read from friends and family, I love going to the bookstore to search out a brand new book. It so beautiful and always smells so good!

How do you choose the books you read? My sister is a HUGE reader. I go straight to her to find out the latest and greatest read.

Do you have a childhood favorite?   I have so many favorites as a child…it’s hard to choose only one. There was one, however, called Baby’s Birthday…an old Golden Book that I used to read over and over as a little girl. I still have it, and read it to my daughter all the time.  She seems to love it just as much as I did.

What is one of your early reading memories? I remember as a child building a little reading nook in the corner of my room. I thought it was the finest place…and every day, after school, I’d run home to that little nook with a book in hand.

What is your favorite place to read?  My most favorite place has to be balled up on the couch…even better, on the couch while it’s raining…with a blanket…and maybe a glass of wine…

Can you think of a particular book that has meant something significant to you in your life?   The book Heaven is For Real was a real eye-opener for me. Of course, I’ve always believed in God and in heaven, but to have the opportunity to now clearly visualize it’s appearance was pretty incredible. I’m always recommending it to people.

I love to display my books…. based on color. The rainbow of colors is beautiful!

Reading is important to me because…. It takes me to another place. I can stop thinking about all the things going on around me for a minute and immerse myself in a whole new world.

Thank you, Holly, for sharing your love of books with us!  Happy thrifting and happy reading!